Top of the 9th, Pirates 9, Red Sox 7
Tazawa gave up a home run. To be honest, I have no idea who hit it as I stopped scoring around the 6th inning. Let’s just say it was Rennie Stennett. Back later on with a report from the postgame clubhouse.
Middle of the 8th, Pirates 8, Red Sox 7
Dusty Brown singled and scored on a double by Jason Place. Junichi Tazawa now pitching. There have been 25 hits in this game, which is fairly common for this park as the wind howls out to right and the infield is a gravel pit.
Top of the 8th, Pirates 8, Red Sox 6
The Pirates scored twice in the seventh to take the lead. Just returned from the clubhouse after speaking to Bill Hall, who is confident he can play shortstop when needed.
Middle of the 7th, Pirates 6, Red Sox 6
Just spoke to Beckett, who said getting to 70 pitches (69 actually) was the biggest part of the day for him after missing his last start.
He wasn’t sharp, which was to be expected. But he built arm strength and stayed on track for Opening Day.
Bottom of the 4th, Pirates 4, Red Sox 3
Beckett walked No. 8 hitter Andy LaRoche in four pitches before Delwyn Young belted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right. That was it for Beckett. His line:
4 earned runs
69 pitches / 44 strikes
3 extra-base hits allowed
He also forgot to cover first once, forcing Victor Martinez to slide into the bag. All in all, not a good day, but he got done what he needed to get done. Beckett did not have particularly good fastball command and four of the hits he allowed came with two strikes.
Meanwhile Kent Tekulve just slow danced with the Pirate Princess Parrot to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Love me some spring training.
Bottom of the 4th, Red Sox 3, Pirates 2
Beckett is still out there after the Sox went in order
Top of the 4th, Red Sox 3, Pirates 2
Beckett allowed a run on two hits in the third Garret Jones had an RBI double. I have him for 54 pitches (38 strikes), so that could be it for him.
Bottom of the 3rd, Red Sox 3, Pirates 1
Update from Ft. Myers: Mike Lowell was 2 for 4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI today while playing for Class A Greenville and Salem at the minor-league complex
Top of the 3rd, Red Sox 3, Pirates 1
Cameron singled with one out then was thrown out at the plate when Pedroia doubled to left. Tim Bogar sent him and it was a mistake. Bogar, in his first year, looked down and yelled something to himself.
Victor Martinez doubled to right, scoring Pedroia
Top of the 3rd, Red Sox 2, Pirates 1
Beckett allowed a double to right field by Doumit then an RBI single by LaRoche. He has thrown 30 pitches so far.
Middle of the 2nd, Red Sox 2, Pirates 0
The Sox went in order in the second.
End of the 1st, Red Sox 2, Pirates 0
Beckett allowed a bloop double with one out then fanned Iwamura with four pitches before getting Jones to bounce to first.
Top of the 1st, Red Sox 2, Pirates 0
David Ortiz hit a two-run shot to right off Maholm with two outs. Victor Martinez, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, scored ahead of Ortiz. Meanwhile, check out the great view from the press box here:
Top of the 1st, Red Sox 0, Pirates 0
Sunny and 70 here at quaint old McKechnie Field. We are underway, so stay tuned for updates.